Effects of Combining Energy Drinks with Alcohol
Many writers have suggested that consuming energy drinks with alcohol can be harmful in reducing the perception of alcohol intoxication and/or in leading to increased alcohol or drug consumption. This has led to the enactment of laws and the implementation of policies about combining energy drinks and alcohol.
To examine the scientific evidence on the effects of mixing energy drinks and alcohol, a review of the research was conducted. It found
- virtually no evidence that energy drinks influence any behavioral effects of alcohol,
- no reliable evidence that energy drinks effect the perceived level of intoxication by drinkers,
- no evidence that mixing energy drinks and alcohol leads to alcohol or drug abuse or dependence, and
- no adverse health effects for healthy individuals from combining energy drinks and alcohol.
The review was conducted by researchers at the Utrecht Institute for Pharmaceutical Sciences at Utrect University, Utrecht, The Netherlands, and published in the International Journal of General Medicine.
This website is informational only and makes no recommendations about alcohol and energy drinks and none should be inferred.
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